|i or I (aɪ)|
|—n , pl i's, I's, Is|
|1.||the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet|
|2.||any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit|
|3.||a. something shaped like an I|
|b. (in combination): an I-beam|
|4.||dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail|
|I or I|
|Also called: j the imaginary number √--1|
|4.||logic A E Compare O a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiP|
|5.||Roman numeral See Roman numerals one|
|6.||Italy (international car registration)|
|[(for sense 4) from Latin (aff)i(rmo) I affirm]|
|1.||something or someone belonging to or associated with me: mine is best|
|2.||of mine belonging to or associated with me|
|3.||(preceding a vowel) an archaic word for my : mine eyes; mine host|
|[Old English mīn; compare Old High German, Old Norse mīn, Dutch mijn]|
|1.||a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones|
|2.||any deposit of ore or minerals|
|3.||a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information|
|4.||a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water|
|5.||a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification|
|6.||a groove or tunnel made by certain insects, esp in a leaf|
|7.||to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)|
|8.||to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring|
|9.||to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)|
|10.||to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps|
|11.||another word for undermine|
|[C13: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine]|
"The reason for writing I is ... the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a 'long i' (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral 'one' was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun." [Otto Jespersen, "Growth and Structure of the English Language," p.233]The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the "small" letter -i- began to appear in 11c. L. manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts. The basic word for "I" in Japanese is watakushi, but it is not much used. Words that boys usually use are boku (polite) or ore (OH-ray), a rougher word, which can be rude depending on the situation. Girls usually use atashi (a feminine-sounding word) or the neutral watashi, but a tomboy might use boku like boys do.
The symbol for the element iodine.
iThe symbol for current.
|i (ī) Pronunciation Key
The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
The process of mining is described in Job 28:1-11. Moses speaks of the mineral wealth of Palestine (Deut. 8:9). Job 28:4 is rightly thus rendered in the Revised Version, "He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; they are forgotten of the foot [that passeth by]; they hang afar from men, they swing to and fro." These words illustrate ancient mining operations.
in military and naval operations, a usually stationary explosive device that is designed to destroy personnel, ships, or vehicles when the latter come in contact with it. Submarine mines have been in use since the mid-19th century; land mines did not become a significant factor in warfare until a hundred years later.
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